Emily May, 27th February 2017
Imogen Cork – director and mastermind behind up and coming video platform CRIB PRESENTS – aims to emphasize that “collaboration is stronger than competition.” In GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, she has brought together a collective including contemporary dancer Lydia Buckler and clothing designer Charlie Bidois, to create a vibrant film that showcases Bidois’s eccentric designs, whilst also exploring feminism and girl power through Buckler’s dynamic movement. “This film is about women dancing like everyone is watching” Cork states, “because the world should be paying attention to what us girls are doing.”
The first thing that strikes me when watching GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, is the unique aesthetic appeal, mainly perpetrated by the eclectic array of garments worn by Buckler as she dances unapologetically through locations including the Barbican Centre, a laundrette and her own – equally stylish – bedroom. Bold, pop art colours, clashing patterns and quirky embellishments make Bidois costume design stand out against the urban cityscapes. “Charlie is greatly inspired by childhood memories” Cork explains. “When looking for someone to collaborate on the GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS piece, I wanted to find clothing that had a deeper emotional meaning… clothing that speaks louder than the confines of being clothing”, and it is undeniable that this aim is achieved. The garments in GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS are not merely – as in so much contemporary dance – after thoughts due to the realisation the performer cannot perform naked. Instead, they are brought to life by the dancer they adorn, and become a celebration of female confidence, happiness and defying societal expectations.
This notion of disregarding societal norms – in particular reference to the role of women in the artistic industries – links not only to the motivation behind this film, but also CRIB PRESENTS in general. “I [Cork] think as a women I owe it to other women who are trying to achieve their dreams to help them along the way.” In this spirit, the whole team responsible for GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is comprised of female artists, including the soundtrack provided by feisty, female punk-pop group The Tuts. The particular song chosen Tut Tut Tut, outlines the inevitable struggles of a female band due to their gender. The lyric “I won’t be the girlfriend in the audience” particularly strikes a chord, and matches GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS rallying cry to girls everywhere to make their own artwork, because as the aforementioned film demonstrates, female artwork, is bloody damned good.
To watch GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6tBSS_OWdQ or to stay up to date with CRIB PRESENTS follow them on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAfDKWSDJTeEqHCmAAtbVg) or Instagram (@cribpresents).